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Posted by 11.28.12

My all-time favorite multipurpose product is Smith’s Rosebud Salve, pronounced “saaav,” like saavy, not “sal-ve” like Sal’s Pizza. This vintage-inspired .8-ounce tin is only $6, and I promise it’s money well spent with almost 10 ways to use it other than as a lip balm.

1. Repair dry cuticles
Dry cuticles in the winter are hard to repair until the weather warms up. But until then, the best way to prevent peeling cuticles is by moisturizing. Rosebud Salve is richer than many lotions and moisturizes a lot longer. Just rub a little bit on your cuticles and nails to both moisturize and create shiny, healthy looking nails. Be careful though—too much will make your hands feel greasy and the oil could stain clothes.

2. Highlight cheekbones
Everyone lusts for bone structure like Angelina Jolie and Gisele Bündchen, but for the less blessed among us, here is a good trick. The best way to give the illusion of chiseled cheeks is with a highlighter along the top of the cheekbone, leading up to the brow bone and just under the eyebrow. Instead of buying a separate product just to highlight, blot a little bit of Rosebud Salve along the cheekbone in a “C” pattern to get the same effect.

3. Tame flyaways
Don’t you hate it when you’ve straightened or blown out your hair, and you’re left with short strands sticking up at the crown? You try hairspray, water, gel, and mousse, but those stubborn hairs just won’t lie flat. Next time, try rubbing a dab of Rosebud Salve along the crown to combat flyaways and smooth those pesky strands. Bonus: it adds shine, too!

4. Moisturize knees, elbows, and heels
No one wants to feel like a rhinoceros with dry, cracked, or rough skin, and often ordinary body lotion just doesn’t do the trick in the cold winter months. Try slathering Rosebud Salve on stubborn dry areas twice a day for extra hydration. Bonus: after moisturizing at bedtime, put on thick socks or gloves and wake up with baby soft skin!

5. Prevent blisters
I can’t even count the number of scars I have on my feet from old blisters. However, my mother recently taught me a great trick to prevent them: slather Rosebud Salve on the places that your shoe rubs against your foot. It creates a barrier between the skin and shoe, and prevents friction.

6. Control unruly brows
Not only do eyebrows help define bone structure, but they also frame that gorgeous eye makeup you’ve spent a lifetime perfecting. If you don’t have a brow pencil handy or you’re on the go and need a midday touch up, try slicking brows with Rosebud Salve to add shine and keep hairs in place.

7. Treat cuts and burns
One of the original uses of Smith’s Rosebud Salve was to treat burns, cuts, and minor skin irritations. Next time you have a curling-iron burn, sunburn, or even a paper cut, rub salve over it to accelerate healing, soothe the pain, and prevent bacteria from getting into the wound. You can even use it on your newborn’s tush to soothe diaper rash, and to help soften scabs and prevent scarring.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve has 3 flavors: Original, Strawberry, and Minted Rose, which sell for $6 or $7 (depending on the flavor).


Posted by 11.01.09


ROSEBUD SALVE – The biggest dilemma for me on the topic of Rosebud Salve is how to pronounce it? Do you say “SALV” including the “L”, or as my grandmother says, “SAAV” (as in savvy)? Before I sat down to write this review, I had to double check.  According to my friends at Merriam Webster, the preferred pronunciation is the latter which makes my grandma right as usual! I had never heard about this product until I read about it in a celebrity tabloid as a cult product some starlet can’t live without.  I don’t even remember who the starlet was now. But I decided to try it out – and it was only $6. I chose the original formula but there is a Strawberry and a Mint tint too. It is great for chapped lips, also soothing on cracked heels and works as a cuticle cream too. I use it on cuts and scrapes and blisters from shoes that pinch. It even doubles to moisten red, irritated nostrils when you have a bad cold.  I bet it’s great for sunburns also. The uses are endless and it feels nice. I love the antique logo on the tin.

FINAL VERDICT: BOB (BEAUTY ON A BUDGET) – For $6 this little tin of balm will solve a multitude of beauty problems for you.  Now I can’t live without it either! If you want to try the trio, you can get the whole set in a pack for $18 – makes a cute gift too.

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Posted by 07.18.16

Chafing. It can happen to the best of us, though fitness enthusiasts and those that are overweight are much more vulnerable to this skin condition. Chafed skin is the always uncomfortable and sometimes painful consequence of skin repeatedly rubbing against skin or clothing. It’s most prevalent on the thighs and underarm area but can also happen anywhere else on the body.

If chafed skin happens to you, you can treat it by gently cleaning the affected area with fresh water, patting it dry and then applying a petroleum jelly product to protect it from any further chafing. Do note that if the area is swollen, bleeding, infected or extremely painful you should see you medical doctor for a prescription to help you heal.


Of course it’s always better to prevent chafing in the first place, and the best way to keep it from occurring is to decrease friction to the area. To prevent it from happening:

  • Apply powder to the areas of your body that are most prone to sweating. This preventive measure will help wick moisture away from the skin before it can cause problems.
  • Change out of any wet clothes as soon as possible.
  • Use a barrier product like petroleum jelly to help reduce friction in the area.
  • Dress with care. Moisture-wicking clothing protects your skin better than cotton can. Wear compression shorts to help keep thighs from rubbing together. Choose smooth seamed clothing to help avoid excessive rubbing.


Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder ($9) is made with kaolin to absorb excess moisture and grated cocoa butter for a bit of non-greasy slip plus it has the most wonderful light jasmine and vetiver scent. Simply sprinkle it on potential problem areas before getting dressed to avoid chafing. So worth mentioning is that it also doubles as an aphrodisiac — To try it out, just add a bit to your sheets before hitting the sack.



Jack Black Performance Remedy™ Dry Down™ Friction-Free Powder ($20) is an ultra-fine, talc-free powder that soothes on contact and helps prevent possible skin irritations. A combo of pure cornstarch, lavender, cucumber, and organic green tea work to prevent friction and keep skin soft, smooth, fresh and dry.



Smith’s Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve in a Tube ($6) takes petroleum jelly to a whole new level. This balm blends 7 different rose essential oils with petrolatum and cotton seed oil for a protective, moisturizing aromatic skin savior. It can prevent or calm and heal irritations, soothe and heal minor cuts or burns and also multi-tasks as a quick fix for rough cuticles, dry lips, ashy skin and so much more.




NOTE: Products were sent for review. All opinions are my own. 


Posted by 06.29.16

I’m not a big fan of flying, but like most people I grin and bear it so I can sightsee and experience different cultures around the world. Though at times it’s been known to cause me some anxiety, once I’m up in the air it is nice to relax, read a book or watch a movie and know that in a relatively short amount of time I’ll be in a completely different environment. Of course upon arrival, I usually want to drop my bags and head out immediately to start my vacay, but I can’t always count on arriving looking my refreshed best.

These tips and portable product picks can make a huge difference in how you look when you arrive.

  • Humidity is extremely low during air travel and will leave your skin dull and dehydrated if you’re not proactive. Upon boarding, cleanse your face with a facial wipe and apply moisturizer and lip balm to damp skin and lips. Reapply hourly or more often if needed.
  • I always crave sodium rich tomato juice when I’m flying — I never drink it otherwise — but, if you want to avoid puffiness steer clear of all salty drinks and food and sip H20 your entire flight. Drinking more water than usual instead of dehydrating alcohol, caffeine or sodium rich drinks will help keep you hydrated and prevent swelling.
  • Before arriving at your destination, use a facial wipe to cleanse your entire face again. Then, add tinted moisturizer, mascara, cream blush and tinted lip balm or lip gloss for a fresh-faced and ready-to-go-anywhere, lovely look.


Milk Makeup Micellar Water Makeup Remover Wipes ($14) gently and easily sweeps any impurities and makeup using non-ionic micellar water. Each cloth from this eco-conscious brand is also infused with chamomile, green tea, coconut, cucumber, papaya, and aloe vera extracts to calm and fortify your complexion. Contains 20 biodegradable wipes.



rms beauty Beauty Oil ($78) is formulated with Buriti Oil which contains a high concentration of essential fatty acids to boost your skin’s lipid content and help repair its barrier function, Tamanu Oil to soothe and control redness, and hydrating Rosehip Seed Oil. Simples massage up to four drops into clean, damp skin and reap the benefits of enhanced hydration and radiance.



Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve ($6) is a cult favorite for a reason, it soothes and protects dry or irritated lips and skin in the most pleasing way possible. It’s made up of surgical grade pure white petrolatum, a secret blend of essential oils, botanicals and cotton seed oil for a soothing, nurturing, protective experience. Try it once and you’ll be hooked for life.



Algenist Repairing Tint & Radiance Moisturizer SPF 30 ($42) does it all. This lightweight tinted moisturizer provides coverage, radiance, antioxidant and sun protection and even blurs fine lines and wrinkles. It also refines skin texture and boosts firmness and hydration. If desired, layer for additional coverage.



Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color ($68) was inspired by remote private islands where summer lasts all year long. Pearlescent shades instantly add luster and radiance as they brighten your complexion.



*NOTE: All products were sampled in store. Opinions are my own.

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